Esoterica: Strange Photos -- New Exorcism Magazine in Poland -- Priest's Magic 'Superpowers' Revealed
I received the following email from my colleague David Garrison this morning:
I have a page called HALLOWEEN365, and after posting some funny haunted house and ghost pics, one of the gals that belongs to the page left a rather unusual post. She seemed to be saying she lived in a haunted house and had photos. She didn't know how to post them, so I gave her my email address. For the last 3 days she has been sending a steady stream of REALLY strange pictures.
Some of them are really dark, (I have asked a friend to see what they can do to lighten them up). She lives in Pinellas Park, Florida, "believes" she lives on or near an Indian burial site (although I have not been able to find any reference to one any where). When I asked "how" she got the photos, (and it took awhile to decipher her answer) she said she is "somewhat" sensitive, and sometimes "senses" a presence, so she starts snapping pictures at random around the room. Sometimes she actually "sees" "something" and takes a picture.
She also said that many times "they" take her phone and some how put pictures on it that she did not take. She says she went to the local courthouse and found out that one man had died on the property years ago. Some of these are very dark, some are blurry. But, if I am to believe her description, I CAN see "something" myself. There are several pictures, and my phone only let's me send 5 at a time. So I will send more than one mail, with her description of each photo.
NOTE: I've enlarged and attempted to lighten the photos. I've attached David's comments with each photo...Lon
Now "THIS" one is interesting.
She says she awoke to see a young Indian girl looking at a painting on her wall, and snapped a photo. Even though it's a little dark, I can definately see a young girl.
This photo, bottom left is what she called a "ghost cat". This is, she says, a desk-type cabinet and the shelf with the "cat" has nothing on it.
She has two small dogs, this photo, she says, is NOT them.
This one has to be lightened. I "think" I see "something", but not sure. On the pillow above her elbow looks almost like a possom to me.
She says she saw "something" coming out of her TV set and took a photo of it.
She says "they" like to tease her at nite by pulling her blankets off, and she hears laughter or "giggling". She awoke to having her blankets being pulled and saw a "baby" or very small child crawling to her from the foot of the bed. I see "something" on the left.
This she called "The Demon Boy Face in the floor". She says she saw it begin to take shape, grabbed her phone and hastily snapped this photo.
This is a photo of the reflection in her headboard mirror. That is her hand holding her cell phone. Upper right is what she says looked like a clowns face taking shape.
Another "ghost animal" at the foot of her bed. Bottom left. She called it a "Giselle". What the heck is it??
She claims she has lived in her house for 4 years, and it has been happening to her the whole time. Says she has LOTS more photos, but she has to email them from her phone. And she says that is very hard for her and takes a lot of time. I will keep you updated, and as I get new photos, will forward them to you. She was not reaching out for help nor did she come off as really frightened or scared. Just a fact of life for her. She just wanted SOMEONE to look at her photos and tell her she's not crazy. You know I am a believer, and we both have seen MANY photos over the years of what I believe to be real spirits or entities. As soon as I laid eyes on these photos, you were the first person I thought of to share them with. Tell me what you think. I "DO" see "something" in them. Exactly what..I just don't know.
Hoping all is well with you and yours.
NOTE: I've seen a lot of photos of supposed entities...but I will say that these are intriguing. I'm going to suggest she use a static camera setup. I'm not sure if the activity is only in the bedroom or exactly know what she's dealing with. If anyone has some thoughts, post a comment...Lon
Exorcism boom in Poland sees magazine launch
With exorcism booming in Poland, Roman Catholic priests here have joined forces with a publisher to launch what they claim is the world's first monthly magazine focused exclusively on chasing out the devil.
"The rise in the number or exorcists from four to more than 120 over the course of 15 years in Poland is telling," Father Aleksander Posacki, a professor of philosophy, theology and leading demonologist and exorcist told reporters in Warsaw at the Monday launch of the Egzorcysta monthly.
Ironically, he attributed the rise in demonic possessions in what remains one of Europe's most devoutly Catholic nations partly to the switch from atheist communism to free market capitalism in 1989.
"It's indirectly due to changes in the system: capitalism creates more opportunities to do business in the area of occultism. Fortune telling has even been categorised as employment for taxation," Posacki told AFP.
"If people can make money out of it, naturally it grows and its spiritual harm grows too," he said, hastening to add authentic exorcism is absolutely free of charge.
Posacki, who also serves on an international panel of expert Roman Catholic exorcists, highlighted what he termed the "helplessness of various schools of psychology and psychiatry" when confronted with extreme behaviours that conventional therapies fail to cure.
"Possession comes as a result of committing evil. Stealing, killing and other sins," he told reporters, adding that evil spirits are chased out using a guide of ritual prayers approved by Polish-born pope John Paul II in 1999.
"Our hands are full," admitted fellow exorcist and Polish Roman Catholic priest Father Andrzej Grefkowicz, revealing exorcists have a three month waiting list in the capital Warsaw.
Priests performing exorcism also work with psychiatrists in order to avoid mistaking mental illness for possession, he said.
"I've invited psychiatrists to meetings when I've had doubts about a case and often we've both concluded the issue is mental illness, hysteria, not possession," he said.
According to both exorcists, depictions of demonic possession in horror films are largely accurate.
"It manifests itself in the form of screams, shouting, anger, rage - threats are common," Posacki said.
"Manifestation in the form or levitation is less common, but does occur and we must speak about it - I've seen it with my own eyes," he added.
With its 62-page first issue including articles titled "New Age - the spiritual vacuum cleaner" and "Satan is real", the Egzorcysta monthly with a print-run of 15,000 by the Polwen publishers is selling for 10 zloty (2.34 euros, 3.10 dollars) per copy. - thestar
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16th-Century Trial Records Reveal Priest's Magic 'Superpowers'
On Jan. 30, 1540, in Mexico City, at a time when Spain was carving out an empire in the New World, an epic trial got under way.
An ordained Catholic priest named Pedro Ruiz Calderón was being prosecuted for practicing black magic. The priest actually bragged about the powers he had acquired according to records a researcher is working on publishing.
He claimed to be able to teleport between continents, make himself invisible, make women fall in love with him, predict the future, turn metals into gold, summon and exorcise demons and, most importantly, discover buried treasure.
"He really typifies all of the major types of learned magic, from summoning and conjuring demons, to exorcising demons to the powers of cloaking himself, making himself invisible," said John Chuchiak IV, a professor at Missouri State University who translates and publishes documents recording the opening of the trial in his new book The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820: A Documentary History
"He could hypnotize people, too; it's one of the earliest, I think, descriptions of hypnotism, mesmerizing people."
At the start of the trial, Calderón was denounced in a speech by Miguel López de Legazpi, the Secretary of the Holy Office, who would later become a conquistador in the Philippines. In translation, the trial records state that "many persons have made it known before him [Legazpi] that the said Calderón knows of the Black Arts and that he learned them from others." The records go on to claim that Calderón is able to make himself invisible and can travel across great distances in a short amount of time. "It's just fascinating. The story just goes on and on," Chuchiak told LiveScience of the more than 100 pages of trial records.
The prosecutor Fray Juan de Zumárraga, the Franciscan archbishop of Mexico and apostolic inquisitor of New Spain, was known for his extreme punishments. "Other people he had their tongue split for very minor blasphemy," said Chuchiak. In the end, for reasons unknown, the bishop gave Calderón only a minor punishment — exile back to Spain and a prohibition from giving Catholic services for two years; Zumárraga may have wanted to get rid of him without publicly executing a priest. What happens to Calderón after he is exiled is not known.
Journey to hell
According to the trial records, Calderón claimed that he went to hell itself to acquire some of his abilities. At one point, the records say he was in Naples, working for a viceroy.
"He and three men went to explore a cave. He said it was 3,000 leagues below the surface of the Earth," said Chuchiak, summarizing the Spanish language account. Apparently, the men got stuck there, with most of Calderón's companions dying.
"He actually descended to the depths of hell, he said, and there he learned the secrets of the science of the black arts and alchemy."
Calderón did not return empty-handed, Chuchiak said.
"He brought back books from hell. He said one of them had the signature of the devil, the prince of darkness."
When Calderón was arrested, his library was seized. None of the books contained the signature of the devil; however, some intriguing books were found, including The Book of Secrets of Albertus Magnus: Of the Virtues of Herbs, Stones, and Certain Beasts a manual on how to conduct exorcisms, and a book by Dr. Arnaldo de Villanueva called the "Treasure of Treasures," in which it describes techniques to find buried treasures. The library also held "archival letters written in some mysterious writing, a certain cipher that he claimed that he could read," Chuchiak said. "No one else could read it."
Why did he do it?
Why a priest like Calderón may have strayed so far off may be due to two rather earthly things — bragging rights and financial gain.
Chuchiak notes that Calderón loved to brag. After the trial was over, he caught pneumonia, was sent to the infirmary, and while there, "he was bragging about his ability to cloak himself and to win over almost any woman that he could," he said, again summarizing the Spanish account. In other instances, "he talks about all the women that he slept with. He talks about how he's able to get away with having mistresses and sneaking in an out of their bedrooms," his supposed invisibility powers helping with this.
There is also evidence that he profited from his abilities. Records indicate that, superpowers or not, he often found buried treasure.
According to the translated trial record, Gil González de Benavides, a conquistador, testified that "he had witnessed that the said Calderón had discovered the whereabouts of several baskets filled with golden ornaments and items that the natives had hidden from the Spaniards." "Apparently, he got lucky and did find treasures, that made his fame wider," said Chuchiak. "People came to him and asked him for help finding lost things, lost people, lost treasures," services for which Calderón was paid.
His superpowers were, of course, false, said Chuchiak; if Calderón could have made himself invisible or teleported between continents, he could have escaped his trial. That, Chuchiak added, is always the problem with people who claim they could perform black magic.
"They [the inquisitors] always challenge them to practice their black art. But they didn't do it, they couldn't do it," said Chuchiak. In the end, Calderón was just a man who had made great claims and was now facing trial. "Obviously he's just boasting," Chuchiak said. - Yahoo
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